100 lb. Club - Holy Portion Size, Batman!




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matt_H
10-03-2005, 10:35 PM
Me and my friend went out to dinner tonight at an Italian place close by where she lives (to celebrate my new promotion at work).

After having a couple of pieces of bread and a sharing an appetiser, they used a forklift to deliver the food to our table. I had Veal Salvatore and it must have weighed 20 pounds. It also came with penne pasta on the side just in case the mound of meat wasn't enough food.

I only ate about a third of it and was stuffed. It is now in my fridge to be lunch and dinner tomorrow.

We split a bottle of wine which was actually pretty modest for us...usually when we are out we go through 2 bottles. Plus, we skipped on the desert.

So I'm rather proud that I didn't force more of the food down to where I became uncomfortable.

Why oh why do some restaurants give you a weeks worth of food for dinner? I don't understand that.


jmacway
10-03-2005, 11:06 PM
Good for you Matt for bringing home food. I often bring home food after a meal out. I sure don't know why portions have to be so big. They charge enough for it though.
Congrats on the promotion.

Gardenwife
10-03-2005, 11:30 PM
Isn't it something how much they haul to our tables at restaurants and to our cars at drive-thru windows? Makes me think of the Flintstones' car tipping over from the weight of that huge rack of ribs!

Howie and I usually split an entree now, just ordering an extra salad and maybe and extra side dish of steamed veggies. Most restaurants serve two grilled chicken breasts in a dinner, so there's certainly no lack of food.


howie6267
10-03-2005, 11:40 PM
It's the way America has come to expect it. We want to feel we are getting our monies worth. The normal serving at Mcdonalds when they opened campared to now is crazy. What they serve as a kid's meal is what you used to get as an adult. Same goes for all the other places. I just hope we start to see the light as a country and get back to what it should be. I'm the same way I remember going to our friends resteraunt down town and thinking how small the servings were but in reality he just stuck with what was right though the years.

Gardenwife
10-03-2005, 11:43 PM
What, The Eatery, Howie? You're right!

Jen415
10-04-2005, 09:22 AM
It is amazing, isn't it? I've been having my meal in the beginning so I won't be tempted to eat it all.

I'm still trying to convince my boyfriend to split entrees with me, but he's not convinced yet!

newfiedarling
10-04-2005, 10:27 AM
Hey Matt, good for you, bringing home the extras.

Me and my sister were talking about this exact thing last week. We used The Outback for an example.

We'd start with an appetizer (the Bloomin' Onion for those of you who know the Outback), a salad or a soup each, bread comes to the table as soon as you sit down, a meal that is actually 3 portions (enough for 3 meals), a dessert to share which was actually big enough for 4 adults, plus drinks and coffee. In my estimation that was roughly 7 meals I was eating at once. There's really just no need!

~Dee

kykaree
10-04-2005, 11:00 AM
Food is so expensive in England, that people expect value for money when they eat out, and to them value is quantity rather than quality. It's crazy. I often have kids portions, or appetisers rather than a main, and we pick places where the desserts are small ( a girl has to have her sweets!!!!)

jillybean720
10-04-2005, 11:18 AM
I definitely think it's a value thing, too. If I'm paying $8-$12 for something at a typical restaurant (TGIFriday's, Applebee's, Ruby Tuesday, Chili's...), I want to get a lot of bang for my buck! This is why I hate ordering entree salads--it's almost all lettuce, so I don't feel it's really worth the $8 they charge for it. A regular entree, however, filled with "real" food that can last me 3 meals...now we're talkin'! :dizzy:

TakinBabySteps
10-04-2005, 11:30 AM
Isn't it something how much they haul to our tables at restaurants and to our cars at drive-thru windows? Makes me think of the Flintstones' car tipping over from the weight of that huge rack of ribs!

Howie and I usually split an entree now, just ordering an extra salad and maybe and extra side dish of steamed veggies. Most restaurants serve two grilled chicken breasts in a dinner, so there's certainly no lack of food.

DH & I do this too. As long as we order other items, i.e. salad, side dish, shared dessert etc., I don't feel badly about it like I used to feel. We leave a good tip & I can't help it that their meals are so huge. If I had the willpower to eat one portion and leave the rest, I wouldn't be here :lol:

irishgreengables
10-04-2005, 12:09 PM
You know, DH and I could probably chart our weight gain according the eras when we did not split meals at restaurants and our weight loss according to the eras (like now) when we did.

slimmingsi
10-04-2005, 12:37 PM
yea baby i'm back in the building had a well hectic week i have put on about 20lb in beer in the last two weeks been through at least 100pints in 14 days. still thats freshers out of the way now its time to work back in they gym rugby training has started and this past weekend i had football camp. i've been signed up to play DT on the local uni side :D fun fun fun still saturday night i had 3 half pound cheese burgers after training naughty but nice ;)

howie6267
10-04-2005, 12:44 PM
Good to see you back Si. Sounds like you better stick around. 3 half pound burgers and 100 pints. Why does that have to sound so good and fun. Sitck with it man. Not the burgers and pints but the diet.

Goddess Jessica
10-04-2005, 12:54 PM
When the Cute Boyfriend and I went to France we remarked how small everything was but it was just ONE portion per person. AND in France, it's considered very lowbrow to ask for a doggie bag. :)

funniegrrl
10-04-2005, 01:22 PM
I definitely think it's a value thing, too. If I'm paying $8-$12 for something at a typical restaurant (TGIFriday's, Applebee's, Ruby Tuesday, Chili's...), I want to get a lot of bang for my buck! This is why I hate ordering entree salads--it's almost all lettuce, so I don't feel it's really worth the $8 they charge for it. A regular entree, however, filled with "real" food that can last me 3 meals...now we're talkin'! :dizzy:


I used to feel that way; one of my major criteria for ordering was how much I'd get for the price. I was also the queen of free food -- leftovers at the office often made their way to my house, whether or not I scarfed up as much as reasonable at the time. After I started my program, one of the hardest things I ever did in my whole life was throw out a tray of sandwiches left over from the lunch provided at a training session I conducted. It nearly physically hurt to see that perfectly good food, food I really liked, food that was FREE, go into the garbage.

Now, I would much rather pay whatever for an appropriate portion than the same amount for too much food that will be a temptation. Restaurant food, even "healthy" dishes, are usually richer than I eat at home, so the doggie-box option isn't really helpful for me all the time. If I order something that's more than I should eat, I usually leave the remainders on the plate and feel OK with that. When I let go of the "I need to get my money's worth" mentality, I really freed myself to enjoy a meal out for the experience. I rarely order entrees, I usually order those entree salads or appetizers, even in fancy restaurants. One restaurant I frequent is high-end; appetizers run $7-$9. I'll order one of those and have some wine. While the portions are a little smaller than I would normally eat, especially given that there is not much in the way of vegetables, it's still plenty of food. I think my definition of "value" has changed -- to me, value is high quality (I'm no longer satisfied with a lot of chain-restaurant crap), appropriate portions so nothing is wasted, good service, etc. I do eat the occasional chain restaurant, fast casual, or fast-food meal, but I follow my typical ordering guidelines there as well, and I'm happy with what I get.

jillybean720
10-04-2005, 01:39 PM
Maybe it's just because I am 23 and completely broke :lol: I'd rather spend the money and get 3 meals out of an entree than get higher quality. My mother wasn't the greatest cook in the world, so pretty much anything (even McDonald's!) is high enough quality for my taste buds :p I'm absolutely not saying it's healthier (Lord knows restaurant meals, in addition to higher fat and calories than I would eat at home, pack in a ton of additional sodium as well), but since I have neither time nor money, big restaurant meals sometimes feed me for 2 days. It's not really a question of quality, quantity, or value at this point, I guess--more just a hazard of lifestyle :dizzy:

lucky
10-04-2005, 01:54 PM
I'm with you, funniegrrl. We rarely eat out anymore but, if we do, it is at an upscale restaurant where the higher price is as much for atmosphere as it is for the food. Personally, I'd rather pay a little more and REALLY enjoy the whole experience than pay a moderate amount of money for food that isn't as good as what I could have made at home. I am sure the fact that we don't go out often is at least part of my attitude since we certainly couldn't afford our favorite restaurants on a regular basis. Still, I am much more satisfied by a smaller portion of exceptional food (even if that means leaving some on the plate) than a lot of so-so food that makes me feel like I got ripped off even if the portion is more than adequate for the price I paid.

I'm not against the occasional chain or fast food meal although I honestly don't remember the last time I had one. Still, the food is never so good that I feel like I've gotten my money's worth regardless of how much food they bring so I figure I might as well stay on plan by sticking to a reasonable portion. And while I understand the concept of stretching one of these meals over a couple of meals I never do it. I always end up with a Styrofoam box taking up valuable fridge space until garbage day! It never looks appealing enough to reheat when it is all dried out and shriveled up in there!

YP1
10-04-2005, 03:14 PM
I've noticed that I'm finding it harder and harder to finish full size portions as I get more and more used to this restraint thing. In my favourite Greek restaurant last weekend I shared a starter and dessert with my mother and we had a main course each (it was a 2 course set menu so she had starter and I had dessert, but we shared them). I love the place as the food is fantastic, but I'm still worrying that the next time I'm due to go there it's for a 3 course meal and I really don't think I'll be able to do it justice.

And I'm finding it's increasingly rare that I can cope with more than one course anywhere because the main courses are filling me up so effectively.

boiaby
10-04-2005, 06:24 PM
I usually don't bother with the entrees; too much food and I have no control over how it's prepared. I typically order from the salads, (everything on the side) even if they are chinsy with the goods. Really though, I prefer eating my own food at home over almost anything I can get out. But I REALLY enjoy the food I eat. YUM, good stuff! :T

Beverly

jenhai
10-04-2005, 07:31 PM
Hello everyone. I have two points or comments to add to this post. I (in a previous life of course) have been known to scowl and frown up at people who would "waste" their food at restaurants. I was raised in a typical TX middle class home where my grandparents said "there are children in Africa who would kill for your . . . . (Insert pot roast, carrots, Brussels sprouts, fish, and beets)". And even if we were served foods that we liked, we were made to eat it all . . . or else! :nono: Now, I am curious to see eating habits ďskinny people" exhibit. I watch them in restaurants and I have been secretly admiring those who leave the 1.5 lbs of fettuccine alfredo on their plates at the Olive Garden. So, if I am satisfied (previously moved to strike "full" from my vocabulary) I just stop eating. I have now started to ask for a to-go box immediately. This is a major change for the hubby and me.

And secondly . . . I want to give kuddos to myself. Usually my best girlfriend and I go out for girlís day. We usually have lunch and pedicures or shop. Well, this was a different girlís day. We couldn't think of any healthy places to eat . . . So, I suggested my old demon hangout. . . OLIVE GARDEN :eating2:! But, this time it was a different Jenh-ai who danced w/ the food devil yesterday. I order the unlimited soup and salad. I ate tons of the salad and a bowl and a half of the minestrone soup and only 1.5 breadsticks. Oh, and I am sure I frustrated the waitperson w/ my requests to fill'er up on the water (5 times). Long and short it is a new day. And the restaurant experience is a major hurdle for weight loss chasers. I know it. But, it feels great to take new habits along :) Congrats to all the new habit makers (above).

matt_H
10-04-2005, 08:55 PM
When the Cute Boyfriend and I went to France we remarked how small everything was but it was just ONE portion per person. AND in France, it's considered very lowbrow to ask for a doggie bag. :)

Excuse my mildly sexist comment, but wow, that is a sexy new icon Goddess!

Very cute.

barbygirl43
10-05-2005, 04:57 PM
if I pay $10 or whatever for a meal, I expect to eat $10 worth of food. Iím slowly learning that if I get my $10 worth of food, Iím paying a far greater price with my health.

I too struggle with portions when eating out and getting my money's worth and this is the conclusion I came to over the weekend and posted it on my blog (http://barbygirl43.blogspot.com).

Goddess Jessica
10-05-2005, 07:58 PM
Awww! Thanks Matt! Mildly sexist or not, it made my day! ;)

alphabetsoup
10-07-2005, 03:23 AM
We don't eat out often these days for several reasons. Money is tight. 2 small children don't usually make for an enjoyable restaurant experience :lol: My DD (4) is now at the point where she can maintain and be happy with crayons and paper but our son (16 months) can only make it 35 minutes TOPS before he's had it with the dining out experience. ;) Also, I'm a pretty decent cook and I'm often disappointed with the quality of restaurant food - I can make it better and healthier!

Anyway - we did just eat out yesterday at IHOP and I ordered my very favorite thing from there which was the cinnamon roll french toast (sorry - even saying that is serious food porn). It came with hash browns, 2 scrambled eggs (but really it was more like 4 eggs!), 2 pcs bacon. I decided to eat my favorites first (hashbrowns and french toast) and go from there. Well - I gave my bacon away to my moocher husband ( :lol: ) and I didn't eat any of the eggs b/c by then I consciously decided that I was FULL! In the past, I've eaten that whole meal without thinking a second thought about it.

My friend and I had a long talk about "getting your money's worth" a couple of months ago when we went out for a girl's night. We talked about how you hate to "waste" food - but then she said, "But if you overeat it, you are wasting it anyway!" That was such a good point! Why make your body the trash can?! That really helps my perspective.

This is the main reason though that I'm very aware of not making my kids eat something just b/c it is "time" to eat dinner, etc. I'm teaching them to listen to their body's and STOP eating when full. I don't like to see food wasted...but more importantly I want them to not overeat and to be healthy and to have a healthy attitude about food.

Good thread!

howie6267
10-07-2005, 12:23 PM
That is great that you are trying to teach your kids to listen to there bodys. They look so much at what we do and I think that is the biggest reason overweight parents produce overweight children. Some of it may have to do with genes but I would be willing to bet a lot more has to do with example.

Jen415
10-07-2005, 12:29 PM
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My friend and I had a long talk about "getting your money's worth" a couple of months ago when we went out for a girl's night. We talked about how you hate to "waste" food - but then she said, "But if you overeat it, you are wasting it anyway!" That was such a good point! Why make your body the trash can?! That really helps my perspective.

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This helps mine too! That is a good way to look at it!

Gardenwife
10-07-2005, 03:21 PM
The FoodTV newsletter had a great article about dealing with picky eaters (kids): Pleasing Picky Eaters: Eight Ways to Expand Their Culinary Horizons (http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/lf_kids/article/0,1904,FOOD_16382_3075893,00.html). The Calorieking.com newsletter had an article about childhood obesity that was also very good. It's linked to from this entry at Shrinking the H-Man (http://www.thehman.com/blog/archives/2005/09/how_sturdy_does.php) .

icedragon6669
10-07-2005, 09:23 PM
We talked about how you hate to "waste" food - but then she said, "But if you overeat it, you are wasting it anyway!" That was such a good point! Why make your body the trash can?! That really helps my perspective.


Laura , that is great! I really can see the point! Maybe i have to put it up on my fridge and read it every day to get it to stick into my brain!

ALAS i think i would still try to empty a plate no matter how big! my mother taught me money meant everything and every bite you didn't eat was money thrown away.!! And to try to share meals with my DH! that would be world war 3 (he is a fitness junkie and needs every bite, or so he thinks!(yes he is a healthy weight, but eats like 2 people!)